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Tuesday, October 02, 2012


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Yarraman-Maidenwell Road Descent

For several years, my friend Eric has organized an overnight ride for members of the mountain biking community. We stayed at the Yarraman Caravan Park and spend the weekend exploring some of the forests in the area.

Yarraman Forest

On the first day, ten of us did the ride from Yarraman to Maidenwell and back. We followed forestry roads westward from Yarraman. The long downhills on the gravel were a lot of fun.

Parrot - MaidenwellNick and his Burger

After couple of hours we refuelled at the Kingsview Cafe in Maidenwell. Nick enjoyed eating a burger the size of his head.

Boulders - Maidenwell

Boulders - MaidenwellBoulders - Maidenwell

From there we spent some time wondering around the Boulders just outside of town. They’re strewn all over the hills in the area like left overs from a giant game of cosmic marbles. Some of them are massive. Some are tilted at strange angles, or piled on top of one another. It was fascinating just walking around looking at them.

Rock Face - Coomba FallsCoomba Falls

From the boulders we followed an old stock route to Coomba Falls. Although I didn’t try the water, some people didn’t seem to mind the cold water.

Coomba Gully

Fukawi GrassFukawi Grass

The stock route continues across Coomba Gully back to the forestry road. On the way we had to drag the bikes over the creek and brave the “Fukawi Grass”. When walking through this grass, which is often head-high, some shorter people can often be heard to say “Where the fukawi” :)

Maidenwell Stock Route

This whole area is full of tall Xanthorrhoeas (Grass Trees). Many of them are over three metres in height. Considering their slow growth rate of about 1cm per year, this means many of them were two or three hundred years old.

We did 66km in about 7.5 hours including breaks a long lunch, and an extended walk around the boulders. I burned about 3,800 kcal. With 1,200m of vertical ascent this one rates 7.5 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.

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